Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s Birthday

Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday at the party for her on October 11. It will be the 130th anniversary of the birth of a very special First Lady and humanitarian who cared deeply about what was happening at Arthurdale from the 1930s on. Join us in celebrating her memory and accomplishments in the Center Hall. Elmer Rich, a well-known regional fiddler, will play for everyone just as he did for Mrs. Roosevelt when he was a teenager. Great food will be a part of the celebration too, of course.


Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s Birthday

Join us in celebrating Eleanor’s 128th birthday at the Reedsville Fire Hall on Saturday, October 6 from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy delicious homemade appetizers and treats, beer, wine, and birthday cake. Listen to acoustic music played by Ray Hicks, Mark Crabtree, and Elmer Rich – who actually played for Eleanor at Arthurdale. Buy raffle tickets on our quilt from the Homestead Quilt Guild made of reproduction 1930s fabrics. Participate in silent auctions for unique period items such as a Depression glass pitcher, antique fiesta plates, rare Homer Laughlin dishes, and more. You do not have to be present to win. Silent auction bids will be blind and can be placed on items by phone at 304.864.3959. Bids will be reviewed at 7 p.m. on Saturday and winners will be notified.

Order your tickets for $15 or 2 for $25 online! You can order weekdays at the Arthurdale Heritage office or by calling 304-864-3959. Tickets at the door are also $15 or 2 for $25.

Silent Auction Items

  • 2 Vintage Homer Laughlin Bowls – donated by Anna Schein. Minor chip on underside of each. Opening bid for set of 2 – $7
  • (Pink) Glass Pitcher with Cherry Blossom pattern, donated by Anna Schein. The pitcher is made by Jeannette Glass between 1930 – 1939.
    Excellent condition, Value is $99 opening bid is $20.
  • (1 Turquoise and 1 Yellow) 10′ Vintage Plates made between 1935 – 1969  – Valued at about $45 each, donated by Jeanne Goodman. Each have opening bids of $10.
  • Snow Owl Apple crate label (10″) in excellent unused condition. Printed in the 1930s in new frame with double mat. Opening bid $10.


Check out Elmer Rich playing mandolin for the first lady.




Volunteers Win State Award for Work on Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Garden

The Preston County Master Gardeners have received top honors for their efforts to construct and maintain Arthurdale Heritage’s Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Garden. Master Gardeners Becky Friend, Mildred Lindley, Russ Sanders, and Barb Sanders were awarded the West Virginia Master Gardener Award of Excellence for Outstanding Volunteer Project. The award, given by West Virginia University’s Extension Service, recognizes volunteers who dedicate a significant amount of time and creative effort in gardening and landscaping projects.

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Our craft shop, guided tour, and Smithsonian Crossroads Exhibit hours are:

Monday-Friday 10-3

Saturday 9-5

The Smithsonian Crossroads Exhibit will be here from December 13, 2021 - January 21, 2021.

QUESTIONS? Phone:  304 864 3959    Email:  ahi@ArthurdaleHeritage.org

Masks are required for guided tours